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The Denim Belt

My somewhat-embroidered denim belt is done:


The belt buckle I bought was 1 1/4 inches wide. Since I can easily stitch with a 1/4 seam allowance (my machine, believe it or not, does not have a proper line drawn for the 5/8 allowance - I find it a bit big anyway so when I can I use a smaller allowance I do so), I added 1/4 all around.

Then, I  made sure one edge of my old jeans was straight and I marked it properly with tailor's chalk:

Then I cut 4 strips (the trousers were not long enough just for 2 of them):


Then I sewed them two by two at the end. You can see I wasn't very straight on one of the lines here:


Then I sewed them, two by two, right sides together and left one of the short edges open:


Then when this was done, I turned everything right-side out. That took forever, it's much easier with two ends open.

Then I added the belt buckle. Well, actually MrT did, it was quite difficult to get it on due to the thickness given by seam allowances. So much so in fact that I plan on using it the other way around: Keep the embroidered bit always in and add/remove the other end. The embroidered end can still be used for tightening it, I'd just rather not take it out:


Fearing the same thickness problem on the other side  once I stitched the seams closed, I just zigzagged the other end. It won't be visible anyway. The good news is that the zigzagging worked fine and it is thin enough to easily pass through:


So there you have it. My denim belt is completed.

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